Timothy M. Smith

Timothy M. Smith

AMA Affiliated Groups

Contributing News Writer,

Timothy contributes news stories on a freelance basis. He was a senior staff writer at the AMA from 2016 to 2017 and has more than 10 years’ experience writing about health care. He previously served as director of communications for Venice Family Clinic, the then-largest free clinic in the country, where he wrote extensively about accessibility of care, health care reform and health policy. He is a graduate of Indiana University.

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Patient Support & Advocacy

How a $10 copay could mean life or death for some patients

Learn with the AMA how payers’ focus on shifting costs to patients can clash with medicine’s mission of bettering public health.

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Public Health

The bad news—and the good—about obesity and COVID-19

Learn with the AMA how patients’ experiences of the pandemic are giving physicians a fresh opportunity to tackle a longstanding disease.

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Accelerating Change in Medical Education

As pandemic hit, these medical students acted on systems approach

Learn with the AMA about how medical students’ work in contact tracing and cluster investigation filled an education gap and aided COVID-19 response.

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How physicians can improve their telehealth technique

Learn with the AMA what it takes to make virtual medical visits as good as the in-person variety.

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Health Equity

5 hard-won bits of advice for tomorrow’s women physician leaders

The presidents of the AMA and Colorado Permanente Medical Group talk career paths, work-life balance, pay gaps and more.

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Health Equity

7 keys to overcome linguistic, cultural barriers to equitable care

Limited English, family disagreements can pose big challenges. Learn more about how to respond.

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Accelerating Change in Medical Education

How telehealth is changing neurology clerkship at Johns Hopkins

Learn with the AMA how a course that grew out of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic is influencing med ed and patient care in the long term.

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Accelerating Change in Medical Education

Take a look at old tech in new ways to boost health care teamwork

Learn with the AMA how an inconspicuous food-service tool was repurposed to speed up clinical communication and improve the patient experience.

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